Rare Rooster Summer Rye | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by woodychandler on 05-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by WilliamPhilaPa:
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice copper; near orange color with decent lacing and head retention. On the nose, light fruity aromatics. Expected a bit more in the flavor department, small hints of fruits, orange zest, caramel, bread and pears. Solid... but was expecty a little more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Shiny copper color, a decent head forms from a hard pour and then subsides to a thin but healthy-looking white lace. A little buttery diacetyl from the yeast and caramel notes from the malt dominate the aroma. Semi-creamy smoothness rolls around and flaunts a medium body. Sweet with buttery and caramel malt flavors. Thankfully, the buttery tone does not distract too much or for too long. Both a mild hop bitterness and spicy rye character aim for balance and do a great job at it. The rye rises up just enough to be noticed with a grainy aspect middle to end that adds some depth. Mild fruitiness gives suggestions of ripe plum, pear juice and papaya. Finishes leaning toward dry with spicy husky rye and a faint lingering buttery tone.

Great to see a rye beer that is not over-hopped, it lets the rye come through and keeps that complexity alive which makes it a great choice if you have never tasted rye in beer before.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I encountered this item for the first time last night and it seemed to be pretty popular. Unfortunately, what I was expecting was something akin to the Roggen rye brewed here years ago, which had some real body and snap. Five or six sips into the Rooster, I was still waiting for the the flavor to appear. This is a pretty light beer and, although well suited for the summer as it's name indicates, it needs to be a pretty hot day. I think Woody has it pretty well covered below, it's looking for more heft.

Update - I stopped in a week later cause I wasn't satisfied how I left this. A 10 oz glass of this seemed much better; a little more flavor. Did a side by side with the Litening and they were pretty similar in body but the Litening was way smoother. Anyway, yesterday (24 May), they were all out.

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Photo of Soonami
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Decent bronze color

S- Cereal malty smell, but not worth remembering

T- sweet and a little spicy from the rye and the bit of hops, but decidely bland. However, the carbonation was pleasant

M- thin but smooth

D- light and quaffable

picked up a six pack at State Line Liquors in Elkton for $2.99, so not a bad deal and for about the same price as a macro-lager. It's definitely drinkable, but unimpressive

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper quickly rising bubbled large white head flowing nicely with carbonation . Aroma has a spicy rye note with herbal prefume like accents minimal layers of malt sweetness in the nose. Flavor has more spicy rye notes with hebal perfum likne tones, somewhat grainy tendency with dry lafy hops and moderately sweet malt combos. Drinkability is medium bodied light airy carbonation not much doing in the way of complexity here. Drinkability overall is okay not a beer I would yearn for from Lancaster but it's nice to see smoething different especially with rye added.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lancaster- Rare Rooster

A- Golden copper brown with a small light lacing head. Heavy carbonation noted.
S- Light buttery malt with pepper and spices.
T- Very sweet buttery malt. Toffee and lemon come through as well. Light pepper and spices. No rye detected?!
M- Sweet, light and buttery. Very easy to down.

Overall- Not what I was expecting. I wanted big carroway seed rye but didn't get any! I got big buttery malt instead!? Still, it was enjoyable and a good refreshing beer. A good summer beer!

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Photo of ecardwell1
4.8/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer compares well to the American Rye Ale style guidelines. I am always on the look out for a good rye beer. This fits the bill. This is a great summer seasonal beer. Very drinkable AND very flavorful. It has a well balanced taste between the malt and hops. If not familiar with Rye ales or if you like the american wheat style, this is a great beer to try. Would recommend.

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Photo of tempest
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts with a great appearance, nice lacing and head retention. After looks, though, it's all downhill. I know this is supposed to be a summer beer, but the flavor profile justg isn't enough. There's a little bit of fruity esters over light malts, but it's too light. Summer beer can have a decent flavor, this one could do better.

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Photo of nickd717
2.01/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to my buddy ben4321 on ratebeer.

A - Orangish-amber color with a small, quickly dissipating off-white head.

S - Rye bread, butter, and corn.

T - Some rye, caramel malt, and grain, along with an overwhelming buttery diacetyl flavor that sort of kills it. Wouldn't be too bad without that, not that it would really be that exciting either.

M - Body is fairly watery and thin and it has a weird butteriness to the mouthfeel as well.

D - I couldn't finish it. Maybe it would have been better if I had poured it over some popcorn.

Overall, not so good. A diacetyl mess that I wanted to like since it's from my home state, but oh well.

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Photo of drcarver
1.75/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

There were 2 things I discovered while writing this review: 1) I must have gotten a bad batch 2) How it feels to give the lowest rating to date.

A - Red color with a small quic fading white head. Clear body. No lacing

S - There is rye, but I hope this is not the aroma they were going for. Old sock/sweat and mold. Kinda like my 25 year old unemployed brother's basement bedroom at my parents' house. A bit of milk in there too.

T - Sour milk, bile and plastic, the kind of plastic smell that comes from a newly opened action figure (I'm thinking He-man fromt he 80s). There is some breadiness that comes from a good loaf of rye, but the metallic/astringent flavor just kills it.

M - Medium-light body. A really really long aftertaste in the nose.

D - I couldn't finish it. I tried I swear I tried.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty with some rye. Taste is a good mixture of malt and rye, very flavorful. Feels good in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fine beer, worth checking out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear, vibrant and bright orange with a flat, creamy white head that dissipated soon after the pour. There was a strong and lively visible carbonation factor showering upwards.

S: light fresh rye bread, and vanilla-oranges.

T: a nice crispness from the rye with sharp citric orange notes. There was a rich caramel creaminess that gives way to vanilla-oranges and a dry finish. There were as well light peppery notes detected in the finish. Overall the flavor was clean, and very crisp in nature.

M: light-medium in fullness with a buttery slickness and bitterness of dry oranges. The carbonation appears light on the tongue despite the lively visible nature.

D: Moderate drinkability, wouldn't drink in multiples or more then one in a session. enjoyed it but not a lot of incentive to re-visit.

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Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16oz tumbler glass served at the Harrisburg location.

A: The ale has a pale golden amber color, quite translucent with no hint of haze or dullness. The glass was lacking a sizeable head with only a thin white band atop the glass.

S: The nose is malt-driven with a pleasant spiciness imparted by the rye. A touch of citrus hops and pepper add bitterness to the aroma.

T: The body of the ale makes up for the weaker nose and look. The touch of pepper from the nose returns with a stronger effect in the taste. The result is a crisply bitter taste that jumps off of the tongue and creates a touch of warmth. The malt body is biscuity with a touch of rye spiciness. The overall effect is a lively body that is not heavy. This is a great quaffing beer for a hot summer afternoon.

M: The rye and pepper flavors are lively, creating an active mouthfeel that isn't too heavy. A touch of citrus enhances the sweetness.

D: Very quaffable. A growler of this on a warm spring day wouldn't last very long.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear light orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly toasted and bready malt, with a bit of spice from the rye and also a slight perfumey/floral hop aroma. Taste is mostly bready malt, with some butterscotch and rye spicyness. There's also a weird metallic finish which isn't enjoyable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth but the weird metallic finish doesn't help any. I think this is an average brew. I'd drink it it someone gave me one, but I wouldn't go out of my to buy it. But it is worth a try.

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Photo of TLove
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at the brewery.

Surprisingly bready for a rye grain beer and resultedly, quite good, despite its very dry character. The head dissipates quickly and burns off with a corn and wheatberry scent, with some parched wheat on the tongue and in the mouth.

The finish is pretty decent. Again dry, but has a buttery sweet component that balances it out.

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Photo of dehay
2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - clear orange brown color. Vigorous pour produced a 1 finger creamy white head, but it disapated quickly.

S - sour dough bread, vanilla, sweet honey

T - sour dough bread. Hop bitterness was evident. I was expecting more sweetness from the malts based upon the smell, but it wasnt there. Metallic aftertaste, which was unpleasant.

M - medium bodied

D - I had trouble finishing the one I opened.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- a clear fresh looking dull hay color. some amber highlites streak throughout. A nice lil head but nothing to get excited about. Minimal spiderweb lacing.

S- an earthy barley smell. Smells of grass and hay. Malt as well. Not too pleasurable.

T- dry malts and hops. A very grainy and earth like flavor. Decent but dry. toasted rye as well.

M- dry and crisp. cool and refreshing.

D- easy session beer and a nice sixer would do for the end of summer and beginning of fall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle picked up in a trade recently. Consumed on 07/09/2008.

I got this one earlier this week and threw it into the fridge immediately upon getting it as I wanted to have a couple more session able ales around to try. Grabbed this out to serve with dinner last night and poured it into a pint glass. The pour was rather nice with a very clear light amber colored liquid coming out of the bottle straight away. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass produced an ample two finger head that had some decent staying power, but eventually fell back down leaving nothing more then a slim film across the top. Light side glass lacing was the only remnant on this one,

The aroma smelled a bit stale to me, and I don't believe it was bad, but the rye was just a touch off. Very musky with almost a wet corn like aroma, there was obviously a ton of malt in this one. Some sweet notes balanced in here though out though brought a little bit of life to it, and the overall tone was that of a bit earthy. The flavor was more of the same, not as crisp and clean as I would have expected given the style, it had a certain amount of slickness to it. Decent carbonation though saves the feel from going down hill. Initial taste was of light grain and an abundance of malt. Musty with a touch of sweetness thrown in, the flavor faded very quickly leaving not much behind in its wake save for a few earthy notes and a touch of caramel. This was about it. Nice smooth transition over to the minimal aftertaste. It was an easy drinker I have to admit though, as I was able to put it down quickly and without an issue.

Overall not bad, though not my favorite rye ale by any means. Needed a little bit more depth to carry it over the hill. Still though I might try it again, if UI did not have to pay for it.

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Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an amber toned gold with a small white head that slowly fades away. Steady streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top of the glass.
Smell is of floral hops, toasted grain, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet, lip smacking goodness up front that leads to a gently spiced and mildly bitter ending that isn't overly dry as I find some rye beers to be.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, clean, and refreshing.
I wish I had some of this on tap at home now. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place. Had this before, but this time is for reviewing.

3.0 A: Semi-hazy medium orange color. One finger of head that falls quickly and leaves not much lacing. I don't remember it looking this pathetic.

3.5 S: Only a touch of rye. Doughy and buttery in a brewpubby sort of way, if that makes sense to anyone.

2.5 T: Not too big on the taste. Healthy bitter backbone. The same buttery flavor exists in the taste. Really not that great of a beer. No flavors that I want and plenty that I don't.

3.0 M: Medium body. Undercarbonated.

2.5 D: Way too many problems. I don't remember it being this bad. If I ever try it again, I'll review it if it turns out any better.

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Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased in 6 pack at Lancaster Brewing and consumed at home. Poured cold into a Duvel glass and allowed to warm some over the course of the tasting. No freshness date on the bottle. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep golden color with reddish tones. The head is light brown, about ½ inch thick, and disappears quickly, leaving film of bubbles on surface and ring around edge of glass.

Smell: Smells lightly of rye and malt.

Taste: A subtly flavored pale ale with the taste of rye, a hint of sweetness of barley malt and not much in the way of hops showing. Finish is medium length and just fades away.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very light and thin and the mouthfeel is light bodied.

Drinkability: This is a pleasant enough beer with neither major faults nor major outstanding features. This makes it quite drinkable as a session beer that goes down easily and reduces one's thirst. I could imagine a summer evening with friends and several of these.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
POurs a deep-copper, red, amber colored-hue, with an intense head that soon dissipated and left a fine amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Grainy, bread and butter aroma noticeable, along with a hint of caramel...
Taste was loaded with rye essences, along with a shot of caramel, vanilla, and nutty nuances...
Good mouthfeel with a very good level of drinkability due to the low alcohol percentage and lack of cloying flavors...
Good stuff from Lancaster...
Worth a try...

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with nice clarity - A one-finger head slowly descends to half-size and stays a bit before becoming a patch. Patches and broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is grainy - rye and caramel.

Rye malt stands out without becoming too much. Sweet, with some dryness and just a nod of bittering hops to balance out some of the sweetness.

Medium-bodied with mild carbonation.

An interesting, if a bit one-dimensional brew. Worth trying to check out something of a rye malt bomb.

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Rare Rooster Summer Rye from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 83 ratings